By Sophia Fakhouri
Fishing derived as a mean of survival in prehistoric times, but has now developed into a recreational activity, sport, and hobby. Eid Fakhouri takes a deep interest in fishing; whether it’s ice fishing in the Rocky Mountains or off the Ocean Beach Pier. He has taken time to master this hobby and enjoys it to its fullest potential. I interviewed Mr. Fakhouri to get more details on his hobby:
Q: When did you begin fishing as a hobby?
A: Probably 5th grade, about 1976.
Q: Why does fishing interest you?
A: I love being outdoors and learning new techniques on how to lure fish. It can also be a social event, my family, and friends also enjoy this hobby. In addition, I like to prepare and cook some of the fish I am allowed to keep.
Q: Where is your favorite place to fish?
A: Ocean Beach Pier and shoreline, Trout fishing in Colorado, ice fishing in Colorado, and even Santee Lakes and Lake Murray. Santee Lakes and Lake Murray are great for beginners.
Q: What is the average time you spend fishing per session?
A: About six hours, it is usually a full day event.
Q: What is the most interesting things you have ever caught?
A: A hat, someone else’s fishing pole, an octopus, my cousins face, oops, and a 125 lb bat ray in Mission Bay.
Q: Who do you enjoy fishing with?
A: Mostly my family, my son especially takes a special interest in the hobby.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add that we have not discussed?
A: As soon as you catch a fish you’ll be hooked on the hobby.
To dive deeper into this hobby and how it was derived, I extracted information from alimentarium.org, which you can visit for more information! Taking it back to the beginning, deep sea fishing first became prevalent in the 15th century, but became extremely popular in the 19th century when steamboats were invented. At first, leisurely fishing was reserved for the wealthy class, but became more accessible to everyone with technological advances that produced more equipment at a lower cost. Although fishing is now seen as a sport, in some areas around the world fishing farms and fishermen can be vital to a growing economy. According to historyoffishing.com, “FAO statistics put the total number of fishermen and fish farmers to approximately 38 million”.
If you are interested in pursuing a hobby in fishing, there are many ways to get started. Santee Lakes offers daily fishing permits for under ten dollars. If your 16 or younger the permit is just six dollars; if you are seventeen or older the permit is nine dollars. At Santee Lakes, they sell poles, hooks, bait, and anything else you may need to launch your fishing hobby. The same thing applies to Lake Murray in La Mesa where you can even rent boats to fish off of. Grab some friends and spend the day fishing and practicing. You may come to find out it holds your interest!